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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
A 66-year-old Juneau woman attempting to back a Ford F-150 pickup truck into a parking space at the Mendenhall Valley Post Office damaged both the exterior and interior of the building when her foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator on Tuesday.

Vehicle strikes Valley Post Office

Posted: January 8, 2014 - 12:40pm  |  Updated: January 9, 2014 - 6:08pm

Another vehicle struck the Mendenhall Valley Post Office on Tuesday, the second such accident in the past few months.

Police spokesman Lt. David Campbell said a 66-year-old Juneau woman was attempting to back a Ford F-150 pickup truck into a parking space in front of the building when her foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator.

The collision caused damage to both the exterior and interior of the building located on Vintage Boulevard, as well as punctured the heating system, which caused draining issues.

Campbell said the woman reported the truck belonged to her husband and she was not used to driving it. Drugs or alcohol were not involved.

“It’s just a pretty straight-forward accident,” Campbell said.

A damage estimate was not immediately available. Police said the woman was not cited and the case was just a civil issue being dealt with through insurance companies.

Postal workers say it’s not uncommon for vehicles to hit the building as they try to park since only the width of a sidewalk separates the parking spaces from the front of the building.

The last time it happened was in September when an 83-year-old man hopped the curb as he attempted to park a 2012 Subaru Impreza. That incident caused an estimated $3,500 in damages. He was not cited either.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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